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Andrew Schrank


  • Fellow
  • Innovation, Equity, & The Future of Prosperity




Andrew Schrank is the Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

He studies the organization, regulation, and performance of industry, especially in Latin America, and is best known for his work on the “Latin model” of labor inspection (with Michael Piore), “network failures” in global supply chains (with Josh Whitford), and the conceptualization and measurement of governance and corruption (with Marcus Kurtz). He has received grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council; consulted for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and a number of federal agencies in the United States; served on a half dozen editorial boards; and collaborated with both Somos un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant rights organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Growth Commission established by the Center for a New Economy in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His research has been published by leading journals in political science, sociology, international development, and Latin American studies.

Relevant Publications

  • Root-Cause Regulation: Protecting Work and Workers in the 21st Century. Harvard University Press (2018). Co-authored with Michael Piore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • “Brokerage and Boots on the Ground: Complements or Substitutes in the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.” Economic Development Quarterly. 32 (4) 2018. Co-authored with Philipp Brandt, University of Mannheim, and Josh Whitford, Columbia University.
  • “Anatomy of Network Failure.” Sociological Theory 29 (3) 2011. Co-authored with Josh Whitford, Columbia University.
  • “Incubating Innovation or Cultivating Corruption? The Developmental State and the Life Sciences in Asia.” Social Forces 88 (3) 2010. Co-authored with Cheol-Sung Lee, University of Chicago
  • “Homeward Bound: Interest, Identity, and Investor Behavior in a Third World Export Platform.” American Journal of Sociology 114 (1) 2008.

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